TV weather presenter Fred Talbot arrested in child sex abuse investigation

Police have arrested the TV weather presenter Fred Talbot as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a school in the north-west more than 20 years ago. The 63-year-old is a former biology teacher at Altrincham grammar school for boys in Trafford, the focus of the police inquiry. Greater Manchester police, who searched Talbot's house in ecember while he was away on holiday, have been considering complaints against staff who worked at the school in the 70s and 80s. Talbot is best known as the weather forecaster in the 80s and 90s on ITV's his Morning. Whatever the weather, he broadcast from a floating map in Liverpool's Albert Dock, often wearing garish, multi-coloured pullovers. On his Twitter profile, Talbot says he is a weatherman for Granada Reports, ITV's regional news programme for the north-west and Isle of Man, although he has not tweeted since December after his house was searched; neither has he appeared on Granada Reports since, it is understood. "Detectives investigating reports of historic sexual abuse at Altrincham grammar school for boys in Trafford have arrested a 63-year-old man," Greater Manchester police confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. "he man was arrested … on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault and four counts of inciting a child to commit acts of gross indecency." Talbot was later bailed until 16 August.

The police, who did not name Talbot, although he is understood to be the man who has been arrested, said that he remains in custody for questioning. "The offences relate to his time as a teacher at the school between the early 1970s to early 1980s, while the four victims were pupils," the police said. I Koran Sellars said the police had made "good progress" with an investigation that followed media reports of another inquiry into sexual abuse many years ago at a Catholic boys' school in ltrincham. "However, as part of our ongoing inquiry, I am eager to trace anyone who attended the school between the early 1970s and 1980s, who feel they may have information, to assist the police investigation." he said Talbot's agent, Dave Warwick, declined to comment. We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


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